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As a pedestrian:
  • Crosswalks are the safest places to cross streets. Remember that crosswalks are located on all four corners of most intersections in Boulder whether or not they are marked. There are also crosswalks at the intersections of paths and streets.
  • When crossing in a crosswalk, do not step off the curb or sidewalk suddenly. Yield to the traffic closest to you, and start to cross only when it's safe.
  • Cross directly from curb to curb, taking the shortest route possible.
  • You have the right of way in crosswalks as long as you enter the crosswalk safely.
  • Crossing mid-block more than 50 feet from an intersection with a signal is okay, but you must yield to all vehicles.
  • Cross at marked crosswalks or traffic lights, not in the middle of the block or between parked cars;
  • Make sure drivers see you before you cross;
  • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop;
  • At traffic light, cross at the beginning of a green light. Do not cross once the "Don't Walk" signal begins to flash or once the light has turned to yellow. Never cross on a red light;
  • Watch for traffic turning at intersections or entering and leaving driveways; Wear bright or light-colored clothing or reflective strips, when walking in dusk or darkness
  • Pedestrian signals are provided at all intersections where it is safe to cross.
  • If an intersection has a pedestrian signal, use it. The signal will come on if you push the button.
  • Wait to cross the street until the "start crossing" symbol appears. Sometimes, you may have to wait a few seconds while the left turn arrow finishes its cycle. Turning traffic does have the Right of Way.
  • A flashing red hand means don t start. You may not enter the street, but may finish crossing. A steady red hand means the traffic signal is about to change and it is no longer safe to enter the street.
  • Watch for turning traffic whenever you cross an intersection.
  • Pedestrian safety is for all ages. Unfortunately, in traffic incidents involving pedestrians and motorists, it is the pedestrian who suffers, often with tragic results. In many cases it is not the driver's fault. It is the responsibility of both driver and pedestrian to ensure each others safety by following some simple rules.
As a motorist:
  • Be patient, especially with older pedestrians who need more time to cross the road;
  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning;
  • Remember, stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school zones.
As a parent or caregiver:
  • Teach and reinforce the proper techniques for crossing the road safely with your child.
  • Stress the importance of walking on the inside of the sidewalk, or where there are no sidewalks, as far away as possible from the traveled portion of the road;Stopping before the edge of the sidewalk at all times;
  • Being alert and stopping at driveways and where there are no curbs.
Off-street paths are designed for all types of people, from cyclists and skaters, to runners, children, and older adults on foot. Cyclists, skaters and boarders must yield to pedestrians in these areas. Pedestrians should walk to the right, and keep in mind that people on wheels could be approaching from behind.
  • Be alert. Motorists, cyclists and others do not always see you.
  • At night, wear visible clothing and carry a flashlight.
  • Make eye contact with motorists before stepping off the curb
When you're walking remember what it's like to be in a car or on a bicycle. Know your rights, but remember to watch out for others who may not. Obey walk signals. And, above all, have a safe and enjoyable walk.
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